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Greenville Health Systems Restricting Visitors As Flu Cases Rise

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South Carolina is reporting 17 flu deaths as the number of cases continues to rise. South Carolina is reporting 17 flu deaths as the number of cases continues to rise.
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Cold and flu season is raging across the Upstate.

The coughing, sneezing, fevers and body aches; it’s the symptoms nobody wants, but according to Greenville Health Systems, it's what more people are getting this year.

“This has been the highest numbers that we have seen of both positive flu tests and hospital admissions from complications with the flu,” said GHS Infection Preventionist, Sue Boeker.

Take a look at the numbers:

Last week there were 284 positive flu tests and 18 hospital admissions.

That is down slightly from the previous week with 343positivee tests and 34 hospital admissions.

GHS told 7 On Your Side this is much higher from previous years, especially at this point in the season that is well before the usual February peak.

“We're seeing very high numbers in December and January, so it's early this year,” said Boeker.

Now, GHS is restricting children 18 and under from visiting the women and children's hospital.

Signs stand firmly in the lobby with handsanitizerr at every turn.

“Because it's protecting our patients, it's protecting those kids that want to come and visit, and it's protecting the community in general,” explained Boeker.

“I think this year it's not over yet, so we don't know what's coming,” said Mauldin Family Pharmacist, Anyanime Edam.

She said they are prepared for whatever flu season brings, but, so far, it’s mostly patients with cold symptoms.

“[They are] coming in coughing, pneumonia, having to put them on different antibiotics...that's what we've seen mostly,” she said.

In addition to what your doctor can prescribe you, most over the counter medications will fight the symptoms of cold and flu. And of course, the best way to fight cold and flu season is to take a daily multi-vitamin. In the meantime, listen to the experts.

“Number one, get vaccinated. It's the only thing you can do to prevent the flu,” said Boeker.

Bon Secours St. Francis Health System confirmed 56 cases of the flu just last week, but it's not restricting visitors at its hospitals.

Spartanburg Regional and An-Med also are not restricting visitors.

North Carolina confirmed its first infant flu death on Monday and, so far, S
outh Carolina has seen 17 deaths this flu season.

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